Suspect Studied Woodfield Maps Before Crashing Into Mall: Authorities

Jim Gudas
October 01, 2019 - 3:28 pm

Javier Garcia | Schaumburg police


(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Palatine man accused by investigators of driving an SUV through Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg last month appeared in court Tuesday afternoon on a state terrorism charge.

WBBM’s Jim Gudas reports from the Cook County Courthouse in Rolling Meadows.

Investigators say 22-year-old Javier Garcia did 124 online searches of aerial views of Woodfield Mall and briefly walked into the Sears store at the mall before police say he left and drove the SUV through an entrance to Sears and to the center of the mall.

Garcia’s attorney, Amil Alkass, said Garcia suffers from mental health disorders, had no past history of violence and posed no risk to the public before the incident.

Seven people were treated for injuries from the incident, but police say none of them was hit by the SUV.

The next hearing is scheduled for Oct. 18. Alkass said he’ll recommend Garcia plead not guilty.

Garcia is being held without bond.